Catherine Walsh as Kate and Norma Sheahan as Eileen in the Gaiety Theatre’s major new production ofMartin McDonagh s The Cripple of Inishmaan.  Photograph: Pat Redmond

The Cripple of Inishmaan    Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Until March 9th, 7.30pm (Thurs and Sat mat 2.30pm) €21-€48 gaietytheatre.ie There’s al(...)

The Cripple of Inishmaan: Jamie Lee O’Donnell as Slippy Helen and Ian O’Reilly as Bartley. Photograph: Pat Redmond

THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN Gaiety Theatre, Dublin ★★★☆☆ Stories are a volatile currency in Martin McDonagh’s jagged comedy from 1996. On the impossibly(...)

Il Bravo: nominated for best opera and best costumes. Photograph: Clive Barda/ArenaPal

A stunning, shape-shifting lament with a bravura star performance. A room-spinning take on an unstaged Samuel Beckett novel. A vivid mingling of forgo(...)

A Skull in Connemara: Jarlath Tivnan, Maria McDermottroe and Pat Shortt in Decadent Theatre Company’s 2018 production of Martin McDonagh’s play. Photograph: Darragh Kane

On January 2nd, 1996, I hitched a lift from Nenagh to Galway. Thumbing was something I had mastered during my college years, but on this particular w(...)

Jeff Goldblum: “Imelda May is the cream of the crop, you don’t get better than her.”

Current favourite book? I recently read a book called Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire by Kurt Andersen. It’s a very stimulating, thought-provok(...)

Colin Farrell  during the Pendulum Summit  at  Dublin’s Convention Centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

We enter in masses beneath a mighty arch and encounter a stage emblazoned with the words “Leading you to Greatness”. This can mean one of only two thi(...)

Kerry Condon: “Sometimes I would scream at everyone, for some sort of attention, and then feel mortified about it”

Kerry Condon’s Los Angeles is not the one we might envisage. There’s not much glitz, glamour or gossip in LA’s countryside, where she now lives, looks(...)

Aaron Monaghan and Garry Hynes. ‘

On a cold weekend last November, Aaron Monaghan travelled to Galway with other members of Druid’s ensemble to meet with a king. This wasn’t the theat(...)

Oona Doherty’s Hard to Be Soft – A Belfast Prayer at Dublin Dance Festival. PR photograph: Luca Truffarelli

In 2014 I was asked to take part in a theatre conference at NUI Galway called “Pushing Form”. My paper was on my own experimental work, exploring form(...)

Jarlath Tivnan, Maria McDermottroe and Pat Shortt in Martin McDonagh’s “A Skull in Connemara” directed by Andrew Flynn, Decadent Theatre. Photograph: Darragh Kane

FOUR STARS Olympia Theatre In Martin McDonagh’s fictional Leenane, people “smile at you ‘til you’re a mile away before they start talking behind yo(...)

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